CDC Finds Strong Evidence Of Association Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects; Might Warn Pregnant Women Against Travel To Latin America, Caribbean

Associated Press: CDC: Strong signs Brazil birth defects are tied to mosquito
“Researchers have found the strongest evidence so far of a possible link between a mosquito-borne virus and a surge of birth defects in Brazil, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The health agency said evidence of the dengue-like Zika virus was found in the placentas from two women who miscarried and the brains of two newborns who died. Those who were born had small heads, a rare condition known as microcephaly…” (Licon/Neergaard, 1/13).

New York Times: CDC May Warn Pregnant Women Against Travel to Countries With Zika Virus
“Federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies. Officials say it could be the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak…” (McNeil, 1/13).